Do you want to realize your good travel intentions for the New Year? Then a break is a good start. Europe has some great pearls that have not been discovered by the general public, and who ask to be explored! We have 10 chosen for you.
Gdansk (Poland) is an amazing city full of contrasts. The center is not very big but perfect to roam. Here you will find beautiful old buildings in bright colors that remind a bit of Amsterdam, modern malls and markets. Follow Gdansk not the path of the tourists, the hippest bars and restaurants are often just in dilapidated buildings. A major advantage of the city is the price level, even with a small budget you can hear include lots of fun!
Riga is the vibrant capital of Latvia and is currently the best place to be in Europe. The city makes a metamorphosis, the trendy bars, restaurants, vintage shops and clubs are springing out of the ground. In addition, several forgotten neighborhoods by creatives transformed into trendy neighborhoods. The old town is compact and easy to explore on foot. Riga has become more expensive in recent years, but still can still be advantageous to you. In the center are plenty of hostels where you can stay cheap.
Bordeaux has perhaps not yet the image of hip city, but that’s about it! First is the city among beautiful vineyards on the Atlantic coast of France. In addition, the fantastic Old Town refurbished since the millennium and it now belongs entirely to the UNESCO World Heritage List. It’s great to go through the small streets and wander around the impressive squares and marvel in all the beauty there is to see. Bordeaux is a student town, which keeps the atmosphere relaxed and you will find nice restaurants, cafés and bars everywhere. If you are a wine lover you’ve come to the right place. You must try the wine store L’intendant. This store offers a whopping 15,000 wines from the region that are displayed along a spiral staircase over 4 floors.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Belfast has for years been the center of conflict between Catholics and Protestants. Fortunately, they are a lot quieter now and Belfast has transformed into a trendy city with a vibrant music scene, many shopping centers and a lively nightlife. Be sure to bring a visit to the impressive City Hall with its blue dome, Stormont Castle and the Albert Memorial Clock Tower.
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia. The town was ravaged by civil war, but the peace returned after the last attack in 1999 and tourists are more than welcome! The population is welcoming and Western-oriented. The rich history of the old Ottoman town, many beautiful buildings you may find in the center. The main attractions are the Kalemegdan Fortress and St. Savakerk. Besides Belgrade, the swinging pearl of the Balkans. The nightlife is vibrant, you have trendy eateries, bars, clubs, and theaters.
Cadiz is in the sunny southwest of Spain on the Atlantic Ocean. The port city is surrounded entirely by water and is the oldest inhabited city in Western Europe. The city has many similarities with Havana, capital of Cuba. In the city you can also find some beautiful buildings, a huge cathedral and ancient fortifications. A visit to the city is very well combined with a tour of Andalusia or a holiday in the sun, there are a number of beautiful beaches near Cadiz.
The idyllic Kotor (Montenegro) is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The town was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and is entirety on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The buildings are built by crisscrossing each other and separated by narrow streets, squares and alleys. Through 1260 rungs, you can climb up to Fort Giovanni, where you can have a spectacular view of the bay and Kotor.
The real authentic Italy can be found in Genoa. This rough port city located on the Italian Riviera and has a ‘centro storico’ which consists of a maze of alleys and small “piazzas”. Genoa is famous for its pesto and as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Shopping and entertainment is found around Piazza Ferrari or the old harbor. The historic center of town is between the shopping street Via San Lorenzo, the port and the city walls. Via Garibaldi you will find many impressive city palaces, some of which are also available inside. Cutest place for an outdoor cafe is Piazza delle Erbe (photo).
Only 200 kilometers from Rotterdam, the hip metropolis Lille (Lille in Flemish). The old town has many beautiful buildings and facades and almost everything (unlike Paris) within walking distance. Food and entertainment is be good in Lille, no lack of nice restaurants and bars. Lille is also a mecca for shopaholics! You will find many shops, luxury stores and trendy boutiques. Do you like art, then visit the Palais des Beaux-Arts. This palace is at the Louvre after the most important museum in France.
Hamburg is not really an unfamiliar city, but will not immediately come to mind when planning a city trip. And that is unjustified, because the beautiful Hanseatic city is only 4 hours drive from the Netherlands and has much to offer. The most imposing landmark is the Town Hall. This impressive building has more rooms than Buckingham Palace! The St Michael’s Church, the old sailors near St Pauli and many museums worth a visit. Do you go out, go to the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli. This is a street full of bars and trendy clubs. Even shopping is excellent in the Neuer Wall or in the many shopping malls.